strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
nephirem (270) - CROATIA - OCT 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 0.5l. Pours hazy orange / brown body with three fingers frothy white head, medium lasting. Typical hefe smell, fruity, grassy and strong yeast presence.
Surprisingly thin body. Prickly mouthfeel with somewhat high carbonation and creamy texture. Taste is mostly sweet, accompanied by nice and rich aroma. Regular hefe taste with a hint of vanilla and a decent hops presence. A touch of caramel in the aftertaste. A bit peppery, too.
Overall, quite nice and refreshing. Lovely balanced hefe.
Gehbe (259) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - OCT 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy golden with a big white head, little lacing. Aroma a bit more citrussy and malty than most hefeweizens, but still has some of the usual banana and clove. Taste is light sweet and sour, a hint of bitterness on finish. Milky palate, high carbonation. Refreshing.
Zotya (46) - HUNGARY - OCT 2, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Cloudy nice orange colour, big head. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Taste sweet fruit and yeast sourness. Creamy palate. Drinkable.
meldorf75 (28) - - OCT 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
W aromacie pomaranczka lekka I pszenica. W smaku super jak prawdziwy hefe. SUPER
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Niller (1451) - Hammel, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Netto. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma and taste is malt, grass, yeast, banana notes, straw. Medium body. Soft carbonation. A little bitterness in the finish.
kalunapz (70) - CROATIA - SEP 25, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Boca 0.5L...u opisu piva stoji kao nekakav top of clasali ja sam razočaran ovim pivom, uopće mi se ne sviđa ali ajd bar sam čašu pokupio zajedno s pivom!!
bombelsky (31) - - SEP 25, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange and hazy. Thick, frothy foam. Fair lacing. Aroma of phenols, cardboard, some bananas and bubble gum. Bit of apples. Light body. Watery, sticky. Light bitter and sweet. More sweet than bitter. Short and dry finish. Bit chalky. Medium carbonation.
martin00sr (2783) - Haderslev, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange, big white head. Yeasty banana aroma. Flavour is sweetish, wheaty with yeast and light banana and candy.
mathiassachse (2) - DENMARK - SEP 24, 2016 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy pour, very nice appearance and a good aroma, but the taste is a little bit boring compared to other beers in the same category.
Maracuja05 (734) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[backlog] 27-06-16 // bottle at Sixties Mainz. Classic Weissbier flavor, yeasty, some banana.